Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Personal video footage shot by D-Nice of his trip to South Africa with Mary J. Blige. (via D-Nice TV)
Also: check out D-Nice and Q-tip DJ-ing at Club Love in the village, NYC tomorrow night. Details here.
Not hip hop - but open your f-ckin' mind up a bit and check this out 'cos it's not bad:
UNKLE "War Stories (The Psychopab Def Mix)" [zshare stream/download MP3 link]
Recommended for those who were into Stone Roses, Death in Vegas, latter-day Chemical Bros. and more recently Radiohead and Kasabian. As you can see, I pretty much have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to this kind of music really but I do like this track!
Honestly, I didn't even know this dude was still around!
Online: direct link | Website
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Mickey's "American Gangster" freestyle:
Mickey Factz - "American Mickey" [MP3 links: YSI | zshare stream/download]
Advance track from the Heaven's Fallout mixtape due TOMORROW so get ready to get your free download on, aight!
Online: MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Labels: Mickey Factz
Monday, October 29, 2007
More from David Banner, Chuck D, Alicia Keys and others at Allhiphop.com here.
Nas’ N-Word title may cost Universal $84M. (The Rap Up)
We're off the hip hop track a little today as you can see. I mean, if Cam'ron's "Glitter" is what's getting the kids excited right now, clearly I'm not missing much in that world. Moving on...
I don't even know what this remix by Starkey (above) is classified as: grime, broken beat or what? I f-cks with it though:
Ghislain Poirier "Blazin feat. Face-T (Starkey Remix)" [zshare mp3 stream/download]
Starkey XLR8R podcast mix. [click here for the direct link]
Online: Starkey - website
Download the Mark Ronson video widget (which I couldn't get to work right on my site) here.
Live in Brooklyn (not sure where though - at the BAM or Keyspan Park?)
(spotted via Fader and Discobelle)
Labels: Daft Punk
Sunday, October 28, 2007
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann & WaPo's EJ Dionne ripping FEMA a new one....
They mangled Katrina. So how'd FEMA do on the California wildfire crisis? Hard to tell since there were no real reporters at their 'news conference.' FEMA: faking the funk yet again? How does this happen barely two years after the last debacle??
Karzai and Bush in better days.
From the NY Daily News:
"Afghan Premier Hamid Karzai wants the U.S. to dramatically cut back on bombing campaigns that have accidentally killed hundreds of civilians.
"The Afghan people understand that mistakes are made," Karzai told CBS News' "60 Minutes," "but five years on, six years on ... they cannot comprehend as to why there is still a need for air power."
Although Karzai has criticized the U.S. and its allies for individual raids that killed civilians, the interview is the first time he has demanded wholesale changes.
"In clear words and I want to repeat that [there are] alternatives to the use of air force," he told Scott Pelley in an interview airing Sunday evening.
Six years after the fall of the Taliban, the U.S. has unleashed bombing raids across wide swaths of Afghanistan in hopes of smashing the Islamic rebels.
They have inadvertently killed almost as many civilians as insurgents. [emphasis added]"
Click here for more.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Doesn't this pretty much say it all about how Iraq is going?
"In the largest call-up of U.S. diplomats since the Vietnam War, the State Department is planning to order some of its personnel to serve at the American Embassy in Iraq because of a lack of volunteers.
Those designated "prime candidates" from 200 to 300 diplomats will be notified Monday that they have been selected for one-year postings to fill the 40 to 50 vacancies expected next year.
A spokesman for the union that represents U.S. diplomats told The Associated Press on Saturday that "assigning unarmed civilians into a combat zone should be done on a voluntary basis."
They will have 10 days to accept or reject the position. If not enough say yes, some will be ordered to go to Iraq and face dismissal if they refuse, said Harry Thomas, director general of the Foreign Service."
Click here for more.
CNN.com on how the tough streets shaped T.I.'s life.
Mixed by the Juggaknots' DJ Boo and featuring tracks by El-p, Aesop Rock, Hangar 18, Rob Sonic & Junk Science, for those so inclined:
The Definitive Jux Halloween Mixtape [MP3 download links: one | two]
Get the tracklisting here.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Ski Beatz (Jay-Z Reasonable Doubt, Camp Lo Uptown Saturday Night) is doing hipster hip hop now?!! Maybe my dude Nick is onto something after all?
Pittsburgh Slim "Girls Kiss Girls" (YSI mp3 link)
Bonus: download the Pittsburgh Slim mixtape here. (Rapidshare link | password: pittsburgh)
View the NSFW trailer here. (via Eskay)
Online: official movie website (shout to Dame Dash who produced Mr. Untouchable).
BTW: happy birthday, Dad! (yes, he reads this site and yes, I actually called him too - I'm not that flayg....)
Mark Jacobson moderates a historic (of sorts, I guess) conversation between the real-life Frank Lucas, portrayed by Denzel in the upcoming American Gangster movie, and legendary uptown drug lord-turned-snitch Nicky Barnes (aka Mr. Untouchable) for New York magazine. Check it out here. (spotted via Real Talk)
American Gangster-related: as you know, unless you live under a rock, the Jay-Z album has leaked and you know what? It's f-cking GREAT! If it's not Reasonable Doubt good like he was promising , it's at least on par with The Black Album and KILLIN' Kingdom Come... easily. Talk about misleading: "Blue Magic" and "Roc Boys" might be the two worst cuts on the album! Others' thoughts though?
No disrespect to T.I. but Scarface is still the King of the South (as even TIP acknowledges in his verse on "Big Dog Status"):
Scarface feat. Lil Wayne, UTP & T.I. - "Big Dog Status" [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
Scarface - "Girl You Know" [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
(both links via Rizoh)
The best ballad Prince never recorded!
Alicia Keys - "Like You’ll Never See Me Again" [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
UPDATE: I hear Prince is actually getting on the remix. Gonna be MONSTOROUS!
Labels: Alicia Keys
From the American Gangster soundtrack. F-cking GREAT - Anthony Hamilton is the TRUTH!(spotted via YG)
Click here to hear. But to answer my dude Rizoh's question, this is pretty good but no, this is not better than "Black Republicans." [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I told you this kid can RHYME. Don't let that "A Bay Bay" sh-t fool ya. For all you hip hop heads who have been on some "Besides Luda, TI, & Andre, the only new South cat I f-cks with is Rich Boy," CHECK this kid out f'real, he's f-kcing NICE and you know what? His album is aight too.
Online: MySpace | Website
Labels: Smif N Wessun
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
First single & video (above) from the new The Diary of an American Witchdoctor album by the former (?) Dungeon Family affiliate, Witchdoctor:
Witchdoctor - "Best Year" (YSI mp3 link)
Has he still got it 10 years on from the release of his A S.W.A.T. Healin’ Ritual debut album and am I crazy for saying this is giving me vaguely Devin the Dude vibes?
Online: MySpace | Website
More music from Infamous Mobb's forthcoming Reality Rap album, due 11-6-07:
Infamous Mobb feat. Prodigy "Handle Your Business" (YSI mp3 link)
What can I say about that album cover though? Wow....
Download it here. (via KMEL's Box Kev)
I know: jockin' 'em heavy. Based Boys: 10.30.07....
Online: MySpace | Website | BUY the Based Boys album here
Labels: The Pack
Trailer for a new documentary, directed by Julien Temple (The Great Rock N Roll Swindle), on Joe Strummer, lead singer for "the only band that matters", The Clash. R.I.P., Joe....
Online: Official website | MySpace
More straight heat on the remake tip from Mickey, as usual....
Mickey Factz x Prodigy - "Smack My B-tch Up" (YSI mp3 link)
From the new Heaven's Fallout mixtape which will be available for download FREE on Halloween (probably here I'm guessing).
Online: MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Yeah, it's more Pack-related ish but don't front, this is f-cking CRAZY! (spotted via Idolator)
Already killin' 'em on MTV2, MTV Jams and MTVu....
Labels: The Pack
Surprised no-one else (?) has noticed or talked about this:
M.O.P. "Party Like A Rock Star" - from the St. Marxmen album released in 2005! [YSI mp3 link]
Online: MySpace | MySpace - Alt | BUY the St. Marxmen album here
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Smif N Wessun feat. Loudmouf Choir "Can't Feel My Face" (YSI mp3 link)
Smif N Wessun feat. Joell Ortiz & Rock of Heltah Skeltah "Stomp" video:
Away Team feat. Black Milk "Chitter Chatter" - from their sophomore effort, Training Day, due 10-30-07 on Hall Of Justus Records. (YSI mp3 link)
'One Darfur' fundraiser tomorrow in NYC.
Amazing UK Jazz-soul DJ Gilles Peterson live at Cielo in NYC TONIGHT.
New podcast by Marc Mac of UK broken-beat/alt. drum n bass crew 4 Hero.
The International Caribbean Art Fair coming to NYC Nov 1-4.
If you're into these kind of things, check over there for (hopefully more frequent) updates.
More on Darfur from The Kitchen.
Meet Valerie Plame at the Union Square Barnes & Noble today and cop her new book Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House to get the read deal on the GOP f-ckery during the 'Plamegate' affair. I ain't gonna front, I'm so jealous of Joe Wilson! [Click here for more details.]
James Lipton, the urbane host of the 'Inside the Actors' Studio' TV show, on his past living in Paris, France:
Click here for more.
"When I was very very young, living in Paris, penniless, unable to get any kind of working permit... I had a friend who worked in what is called the Milieu, which is that world and she suggested to me one night, `Look, you'll be my mec... We would translate it perhaps... as pimp.
"We were earning our living together, this young woman and I, we made a rather good living, I must say."
Tone Wop Creating the dance to "Go In."
I think this dude used to be down with DMX's Bloodline records. Now he's making the kind of records 17 year olds in Harlem usually do but I'm not mad. It's about the kids, the f-cking kids:
Big Stan - "Go In" prod. by Dame Grease. (YSI mp3 link)
David Banner "B.A.N. (the Love Song)" aka "Free T.I.P"
David Banner feat. Chamillionaire "Ball with Me (Clean)"
David Banner feat. Jay-Z "Us and the Gunz"
Rick Ross feat. R. Kelly "Speeding (Clean)"
Young Cash feat. Yo Gotti & Shawn Jay "X"
[all direct mp3 links - please Right Click and Save As]
h/t: Ozone magazine - pretty much the only relevant hip hop magazine out right now (shout to JB).
Monday, October 22, 2007
Dunno about these tracks from the Brooklyn Don Diva album due 11.20.07 personally, especially that Diddy-sounding "Lights Go Out" joint, but you tell me:
"Lights Go Out" [YSI mp3 link]
"We're on Fire" feat. Mavado [YSI mp3 link]
To be honest, Fox's old rival Lil Kim is sounding a lot hotter right about now but maybe that's just me?
Online: MySpace | Website
(Media posted by kind permission of Black Hand Ent./Koch Records)
Allegedly starting to bubble on Hot 107 in the A (ATL cats, pls confirm). I hope these dudes are paying T-Pain royalties 'cos, while this song is aight, the only 'Swagga' I see is their swagger-jacking of his Autotune/vocoder vocal style and drink/bar-centric lyrical themes.
Swagga - "VIP" [YSI mp3 link]
Online: Webiste | MySpace
Sunday, October 21, 2007
From the Back to the Traphouse album in stores 12.11.07:
Gucci Mane feat. Lil Kim & Ludacris - "Freaky Gurl (Clean Remix)" - yeah, it's a clean radio edit. Go BUY the original album version, ya friggin' leaches! [YSI mp3 link]
"Freaky Gurl" video link. [via OnSmash]
Online: MySpace | Website
Cheri Dennis is another one - where the hell has she been for the past couple years: shining Cassie's shoes?? Anyway, this is the lead single from her long awaited (?!) untitled (?) debut album due in stores February 26th next year.
Cheri Dennis feat. Yung Joc & Gorilla Zoe - "Portrait of Love" [audio streams: Win | Real]
BK all day: Sean Price with One Dae
He's from BK and he sounds pretty good so I gotta represent, no? Check it:
"War on Drugs" feat. Sean Price - from the upcoming Scrapbook mixtape hosted by Sean P due Dec. 07. [YSI mp3 link]
"BK All Day" (prod. by Marco Polo) - video coming soon too apparently! [YSI mp3 link]
Online: Website | MySpace
(mp3's courtesy One Dae)
Click the flyer above to hear the first official (?) single from Starks' upcoming The Big Doe Rehab album due 12.4.07. [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Eskay]
Are people loving this?
Peace in Pakistan!
Remember how Bush used to say that a 'free Iraq' (that is, one liberated from the Saddam Hussein regime and democratically electing governments) would lead to a spread of freedom and democracy throughout the Middle East? So four years later, how's that strategy going?
Peace in the Middle East:
In Iraq: "Iraqi officials expressed outrage early Sunday at what they say are civilian deaths in the wake of a massive military operation in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood.
The U.S. military said its ground forces are "unaware" of civilian deaths in the early morning raid that it said left 49 "criminals" dead." [from "U.S. forces battle militants in Sadr City" - CNN]
Iraq/Turkey-related: 12 Turkish Soldiers Killed in Kurdish Rebel Attack. [NYT]
And in Pakistan: "Two bombs exploded Thursday just seconds apart and feet from a truck carrying the returning opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, narrowly missing her but killing scores of people and bloodying her triumphal homecoming after eight years in exile.
According to reports on local news stations late Friday morning, 134 people had been killed and about 400 wounded." [NYT]
TSA report: most fake bombs missed by screeners. [USA Today]
J.F.K. Workers Moved Drugs, Authorities Say. Not that I believe it, but could dirty bombs be next? [NYT]
So much for peace in the Middle East! And while he should be worried about more "mundane" holes in basic security like the above, Bush continues on with his lunatic "war on terror" and his demented belief in visions of World War III starting if Iran goes nuclear. C'mon, is he friggin' serious?! [NYT]
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Science mixed with racism rears its ugly head (and teeth!) again.
Dr. James Watson, 1962 Nobel Prize winner for his part in discovering the double-helix structure of DNA:
Then: "[I am] inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa (because) all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really." [The Times of London]
Now: James D. Watson issues apology for comments about Blacks. [NYT]
I'd seen his name (which is kind of suspect or really clever depending on your perspective) on Nah Right recently, but then I actually got an email from homeboy this past week with a link to check out his new indie album release The Excerpt pg. 1 featuring production by the late Disco D. I didn't love the whole thing but check out this track from it and tell me what you think:
Donny Goines - "The Renaissance" (prod. by DJ Static) [YSI mp3 link]
"Do it for Hip Hop" [YouTube video]
The Excerpt pg. 1 is in stores now (I think).
Not quite as tight as some he's done in the past but worth a listen:
Alicia Keys - "No One (Manny Faces Remix)" - sampling Isaac Haye's "Ike's Mood" (with respect to Biz, Mary & MC Shy-D). [listen: MP3 | zshare stream/download]
Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Elliot & Lil Kim "Let It Go (Manny Faces Remix)" - sampling Cheryl Lynn's "To Be Real." [listen: MP3 | zshare stream/download]
Manny Faces - website | MySpace | Blog
Brooklyn Zu feat. Chi-King - "God Bless The Child" [zshare mp3 stream/download link]
La Da Darkman & Willie The Kid "Hand On My Glock" [zshare mp3 stream/download link] - is that Willie the Kid down with Drama and the Aphilliates?
(media courtesy Killer Beez Promotions)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tell me my little homegirl didn't hold her own and don't front, this awards show was actually aight, rigth?
UPDATE: BTW, check Lil Mama at 12 noon Saturday (Oct. 20) peforming at the relaunch of the NikeID Studio at the Niketown NYC store. Details here.
Not sure how long this has been around but I just heard it for the first time today. This is like vintage Luda (produced by Clinton Sparks?) and it's crazy, to me at least:
Ludacris feat. Bun B & Rick Ross "Down in the Dirty" (direct mp3 link - Right Click and Save As, please!! | via YoRaps.com)
Click here for tonight's show info.
Watch the Del 11th Hour DVD trailer here.
I ain't gonna front: I am a Fat Joe fan and have been since the "Flow Joe" days. With a few exceptions he has delivered some great hardcore hip hop albums over a 13 (or so) year career. I'm feeling this new single too, check it:
Fat Joe feat. Lil Wayne - "The Crack House" (YSI mp3 link)
What y'all think though?
Website | MySpace
(Used with permission of Imperial/Capitol Music Group)
Classic sh-t: Notorious B.I.G. feat. Busta Rhymes & Labba - "Modern Day Gangstas" (produced by J. Dilla)
Rare B.I.G. from '96 produced by J. Dilla!!!! All I can say is HOLY SH-T and how have I never heard this (sounds like this mp3 was jacked off a Whoo Kid mixtape) before??
Notorious B.I.G. feat. Busta Rhymes & Labba - "Modern Day Gangstas" (zshare mp3 stream/download link)
Via Rafi n them at Oh Word (click that f-cking link and read the background to this track) - MUCH props!
(UPDATE: apparently B.I.G.'s rhyme ended up being used on the Born Again track "Dangerous MC's" but I haven't pulled out my copy to verify that. Who's that on the hook though?)
I've had this for a hot minute but I forgot to post it straight away. Then I heard it again on the new DJ Drama mixtape which prompted me to come back to it now. Like I said over at Nah Right in the comments section for the new 50 joint and I've said before on this site, Young Buck is the only other artist on G-Unit records even worth discussing. This new track is from the Young Buck Presents: Product Of The South compilation on his new Cashville Records imprint. Check it:
Young Buck feat. Outlawz - "Driving Down the Freeway" (prod. Hi-Tek) [mp3 audio links: Album verison | Clean radio verison ]
Young Buck - MySpace
Young Buck clothing line - David Brown Clothing
F-ck what the idiots over at Eskay's are saying, this new 50/Kim joint, "Wanna Lick" (essentially a part 2 to their modern sex rap classic duet "Magic Stick") from the new G-Unit album due Dec. 18 is f-cking HOT:
50 Cent feat. Lil Kim - "Wanna Lick" (zshare mp3 stream/download link via Nah Right)
50 haters: stop frontin' and admit this joint is crazy....
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Props to Kidz in the Hall for getting an MTV look though. I love that Naledge calls his music 'Jack & Jill' rap - now that's a REAL (bougie) black folks thing that only certain cats are gonna catch/get. BTW: hey Lupe, what is that they're rapping over?? :)
More Mick Boogie, that is: cop Kidz In The Hall and Mick Boogie's latest release, Detention on ITunes here.
The album is great - wasn't even mad that I copped for cheap then got a free copy in the mail from Giant Step the very next day. But was mad when I found out my 2 free download tracks that are being offered exclusively with purchase of CD's from the Best Buy chain won't play on the itunes on my Apple laptop and thus, by default my ipod. F-ck you, Best Buy - you are f-cking IDIOTS! And don't think them tracks aren't gonna show up as zshare links somewhere anyway and I'm not gonna get them onto my ipod somehow. F-ckin' morons....
Online: MySpace | Website | BUY Make Sure They See My Face here
Not this The Graduate mixtape evidently. Download it here. Get the tracklisting here. (spotted via Spine & Eskay, natch)
Online: Mick Boogie - website
Going.com, Kunal Merchant, Fusicology, Rappers I Know & Spine Magazine
Turn It Up!
Pharoahe Monch (hosting and special live performance)
DJ Dummy (Common's DJ)
DJ Soul (creator of the Dilla Donuts mixtape, "Assorted Donuts")
DJ Kayper (BBC Radio 1/ UK)
& special invited guests!
Plus: respect to Ms. Yancey - J.Dilla's mom will be in attendance!
199 Bowery (@ Spring St.), NYC
$5 admission til 11p with RSVP to: going.com/turnitup
For more info, table reservations, bday parties hit up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for back of the flyer. Busy week in the city what with CMJ 'n all. Too bad I'd rather stay at home with GG. Oh well....
Last night was looney tunes though, BTW.
Starski - MySpace
The Pack - MySpace | Website | BUY the Based Boys album in stores 10.30.07 here
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
My longtime dude (n/h) Spearhead X (A&R for Dallas Austin and producer for Y'All So Stupid and De La Soul) has a new podcast called "The Breakadawn Show." Show is hot (although the first segment seems to repeat twice for some reason) - you can check out Episode 3 right here mixing the latest in down south bangers and quality undeground hip hop (kind of like this site!) including a SICK Lupe Fiasco cut I'd never heard before but apparently is kind of old (?) called "Lupe the Killer."
And like I said, also at Don Hill's tonight if you're in town for CMJ and have a badge.
Get your backpacks on....
BTW: The Pack is also at Don Hill's tonight if you have a CMJ badge. If not, catch them at the Nanachill jumpoff at Happy Ending (flyer to be posted in a second) also tonight.
Gorilla Zoe feat. Young Jeezy - "Hood Figga (Remix)" [audio streams: windows | real]
New single from the Welcome to the Zoo album.
Gorilla Zoe feat. Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Big Boi,Yung Joc & Young Jeezy - "Hood Figga (Remix)" [audio streams: Windows | real]